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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 800-266-9432   |   Fax: 215-625-6000     visit website

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is the ideal setting for the theme of this conference. The city received its name from its original planner, the Quaker pacifist William Penn, who saw his tract of land as a place where people from every background could live together in harmony. Philadelphia is known for its historic landmarks and cultural riches, ranging from the Philadelphia Museum of Art atop the "Rocky steps" to the Blockson Afro-American collection at Temple University. The conference hotel, the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, is located in walkable Center City, which offers a wealth of art galleries, theatres, outdoor murals, historic streets, and transit connections. A city of neighborhoods, Philadelphia has distinctive Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and gay communities near the SPE venue, and you'll see a mix of all ages populating the streets. Don't miss the many small ethnic BYO restaurants, affordable and deliciously diverse, and the famous Reading Terminal Market right next door. Get more info. about Philadelphia at www.gophila.com and www.philadelphiausa.travel.

Air

- Amtrak Rail Transportation: Amtrak operates trains from 30th Street Station, with service along the Northeast Corridor and points west and south. For schedules, fare and other information call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com. - SEPTA Rail Line: The R-1 connects Philadelphia International Airport directly to Center City Philadelphia, where the Marriott is located. Market East Station is a block away from the Marriott. For more information, including maps and schedules, visit www.septa.com. - PATCO: PATCO provides regional rail service from South New Jersey to Center City Philadelphia. The 12th and Locust Station and 8th and Market Station are close to the Marriott. www.ridepatco.org. - New Jersey Transit: Take New Jersey Transit to Trenton ,NJ, where you can switch to SEPTA(see above) for the rest of the trip. Cheaper than Amtrak. www.njtransit.com

Bus

- BOLTBUS Provides inexpensive bus transportation, serving Boston, Cherry Hill NJ, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. www.boltbus.com - Megabus provides low-cost, daily express bus service. www.megabus.com. - Chinatown Bus and Apexbus provices low-cost bus trips among various Chinatowns in the Eastern US. www.chinatown-bus.com/ and www.apexbus.com/ - DC2NY Upscale Bus provides low-cost trips to Washington, D.C. and New York City, both a short trip to Philly. www.dc2ny.com/ And check out www.gotobus.com for more low-cost bus trips.

Shuttle

The Marriott uses Trapiano Transportation as their shuttle service provider. Call the Marriott for details about arranging a ride at (215) 625-2900. Fee is $11 one-way.

Taxi

Taxis from the airport to the Marriott cost approximately $30.

Parking

Onsite and Valet Parking is available at the Marriott for $43.20 per day with in-and-out privileges. There are also numerous parking lots in Philadelphia's Center City neighborhood, where the Marriott is located, with rates averaging $17.00 - $33 a day. Click here for a list of parking lots and garages. Or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority webite to search for parking options.

Rail

- Amtrak Rail Transportation: Amtrak operates trains from 30th Street Station, with service along the Northeast Corridor and points west and south. For schedules, fare and other information call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com. - SEPTA Rail Line: The R-1 connects Philadelphia International Airport directly to Center City Philadelphia, where the Marriott is located. Market East Station is a block away from the Marriott. For more information, including maps and schedules, visit www.septa.com. - PATCO: PATCO provides regional rail service from South New Jersey to Center City Philadelphia. The 12th and Locust Station and 8th and Market Station are close to the Marriott. www.ridepatco.org. - New Jersey Transit: Take New Jersey Transit to Trenton ,NJ, where you can switch to SEPTA(see above) for the rest of the trip. Cheaper than Amtrak. www.njtransit.com

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